I’m so excited to be a part of Clear Creek Baptist Bible College, a school that has been true to its mission since it was founded more than 90 years ago.
I was first introduced to Clear Creek in 2008 when I answered God’s call on my life into the pastoral ministry. It was a time of uncertainty in my life and Clear Creek brought a sense of peace in the midst of the storm.
As a non-traditional student, I was 25 when I answered the call into the ministry. Clear Creek provided me with the biblical knowledge that I needed in order to prepare me for the ministry. My course work focused on much more than the two hour lectures every week, it focused on practical, hands-on ministry training.
Simply put, Clear Creek’s faculty and staff are not only committed to teaching God’s Word they put as much emphasis on practical ministry as classroom learning. James 1:22 states: “But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves.”
During my final semester of my senior year at Clear Creek, God called me to Wilmington, Ohio, to pastor Immanuel Baptist Church. After serving in Ohio for over six years, God called me back to Clear Creek, this time to serve as the Dean of Institutional Advancement.
That mission, of preparing Baptist preachers to share the gospel, is vitally important today, especially in light of some of the statistics we’ve been seeing regarding spiritual darkness in the central Appalachian region. By some estimates, fewer than 10 percent of residents in some parts of the region go to church.
Pike County, located in extreme Eastern Kentucky, is one of these counties. According to Jason Lowe, associational missions strategist for the Pike Association, Elliott County is greatly unchurched to the point that they would be considered an unreached people group by the International Mission Board.
Clear Creek’s mission drives us to train pastors and church planters that are prepared to permeate the lost and dying world with the “Light of the World.”
Recently, our students participated in the Crossover event held the day before Hope for the Mountains, in conjunction with Creekside Church and their pastor Jason Johnson. Clear Creek students spent the morning going door to door and inviting people to the crusade.
The Wednesday night following the crusade, Johnson said: “Praise God! Five guests Wednesday night at Creekside Church as a direct result of the Crossover visitation Saturday. One baptism scheduled for a young lady that came to Christ at the Hope for the Mountains crusade. All five were visited by Clear Creek Baptist Bible College students.”
With God’s help, we are doing all we can to change that. It’s absolutely vital that we do. However, we cannot accomplish this God-sized task on our own. Clear Creek has been blessed with a 72-year partnership with the Kentucky Baptist Convention, as the Bible College of the Kentucky Baptist Convention.
We are just as committed to our Covenant Agreement today as we were when it was signed in 1946. Clear Creek’s commitment is to provide for the educational need of any God-called man or woman into the gospel ministry.
For more information please contact us at (866) 340-3196 or visit us online at www.ccbbc.edu.
Matt Black is Dean of Institutional Advancement at Clear Creek Baptist Bible College in Clear Creek, Ky.